In August 2017, three Coalition members participated in a telepresser with members of the press focused on oil & gas development around national parks. Click “Read More” to hear the full audio.
The Coalition recently submitted an amicus brief and associated motion against the Proposed Dominion Surry-Skiffes Creek-Whealton Transmission Line Project. Click “Read More” to read the full brief and motion.
On June 7, 2017, Maria Burks represented the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks in testifying to the United States Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a hearing to examine opportunities for “Moving into a Second Century of Service: Working to Improve the National Park Service Workplace Environment.” Click “Read More” to see her full testimony.
On June 7, 2017, the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks sent Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke a letter signed by 260 former and current employees of the National Park Service. These Park Service professionals came together to advocate for the importance of protecting parks and public lands, and to emphasize the role that the Antiquities Act has played in building that legacy. Click “Read More” to see our letter to Secretary Zinke.
Park-level cuts of 8%, will result in a reduction of 1,242 positions. When added to 2,000 currently vacant positions, this will have a devastating effect on park operations, adversely impacting visitor services, the maintenance and protection of park resources, and the economies of gateway communities.
On March 16, 2017, Denis P. Galvin, former Deputy Director of the National Park Service, represented the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks in testifying to the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands at the Oversight Hearing on Identifying Innovative Infrastructure Ideas for the National Park Service and Forest Service. Click “Read More” to see his full testimony.
We urge the Congress to make the investment necessary to appropriately fund the parks – to make them great again. We believe that the National Park Service is worth the investment. It is an investment in America’s future that protects our special places and provides tens of thousands of jobs for those who live nearby. The 300 million people who visit our parks each year will be grateful. Click “Read More” to read Phil Francis’ full testimony for the Committee on Natural Resources on behalf of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.
When Rolf Diamant was old enough to get his driver’s license, he hopped in a borrowed station wagon with a friend, loaded up some sleeping bags and started driving across the country to California. Badlands. Mesa Verde. Every little park in between. Nora Mitchell was the self-proclaimed “travel bug” in her family, but they would together often camp and hike in the Great Smoky Mountains.
“The companies that own and operate a Greek shipping vessel were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington, to a $1.3 million fine for the dumping of oily waste at sea. . .In addition to the $1.3 million fine, U.S. District Judge Coughenour ordered a $200,000 community service payment to be shared between the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the National Parks Foundation.”
The Coalition has joined with other advocacy organizations in opposing attacks on the Antiques Act. It is disappointing to see three separate bills to undermine the Antiquities Act – the law which is responsible for originally protecting nearly half of our national parks – being advanced less than a month after our country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Please click “Read More” to see our concerns.